Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout 

Here's the Goodread's description:
When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

This charming sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs is a wild and delightful ride through one jam- packed week, where Cyrus must figure out how to outsmart the evil veterinary conglomerate, win back Amy's heart, solve several tricky veterinary cases, find a home for an orphaned dog, and detangle himself from an absurd case of mistaken identity. DOG GONE, BACK SOON brims with Nick Trout's trademark humor, charm, and captivating animal stories, and is proof that all dogs, lost or not, on four feet or two, deserve a second chance.

I love books like this.  You know nothing too horrible can happen to any of the characters, you know that things are going to be looking at least okay by the end.  And you know that all the dogs are going to be okay :)

I don't read a lot of books involving dogs because I cannot handle dogs dying in books or movies or anything.  If I happen to accidentally watch something where the dog dies, I am devastated for DAYS.  So my boyfriend and family are pretty good about screening things for me.  I figured this book was perfect for me because the main character is a vet!  He won't let anything happen to the furry sweethearts.

I did love that Cyrus had to solve some medical mysteries.  They were serious enough that he had to figure out what was wrong with the animals quickly, and I loved how he would work through the possible causes in his head.  He's the underdog in the story-the big corporate vet office is trying to buy out his small local practice.  They use all high tech computerized equipment.  He mostly uses his brain and a microscope.

The bond he forms with Stash is adorable.  Cyrus is pretty closed off from other people emotionally, and he can't believe he's so willing to open up to a dog.  I loved it, because that's just how dogs are.  They're disarming and they don't judge.  

This is a lighthearted read for anyone who loves a good book about animals.  I definitely enjoyed the time I spent reading it.  It's a great feel good kind of book.

Tell me, do you also stay away from books where dogs (or any animals really) die or might possibly die?  Have you ever even really thought about it?  Am I weird for being so adamant in not reading these types of books?  Tell me!  In the comments or on Twitter :)

Title: Dog Gone, Back Soon
Author: Nick Trout
Date of Publication: April 2014
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction
Source: Netgalley

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